About two and a half hours drive from Lotsane is Selibi Pikwe. This cosy little town is located in an uncultivated area which for many years was used for cattle breeding. Originally the area consisted of two towns; Selibi and Pikwe.
The towns merged in 1967 when cobber, nickel and cobalt deposits were found in the area. Just like Gaborone Selibi Pikwe has a shopping mall with shops and restaurants. Blooming trees and shrubs grow along the roads in the industrial area. Selibi Pikwe is currently the third largest town in Botswana with a population of about 50000.
This little village has a population of about 3000 and consist of a bar, a school and a small shop. Many of the Africans who work on surrounding farms live in Moletelane. The town has no asphalted roads and most people still drive around in old carts pulled by donkeys. Gain an insight into the local environment.
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About an hour’s drive from Lotsane Lodge is a hidden treasure: Moremi Gorge. This beautiful lagune is surrounded by lush vegetation and offers a beautiful view of the rough bush. After a dip in the cool water we will enjoy a ‘Bush Brie’ with impala sausages, Kudu meat and salad.
Moremii Grorge is located in the beautiful Tswapong Hills where the landscape is created by the rain. If you prefer a more active holiday, this trip is a good choice as it involves quite a bit of trekking.
Moremi Gorge is approx. 150 kilometres from Lotsane Safari Lodge.
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Botswana’s capital, Gaborone, which has approx. 208000 inhabitants, is a city in major development, actually one of the fastest growing in all of Africa. Gaborone has a fascinating history and much to offer. The city is a centre of arts and crafts and has an exciting national museum. At the museum, which is in the centre of Gaborone, you can concentrate on the history of the country and learn more about nature and wildlife. The museum itself has two galleries, a beautiful garden as well as a permanent exhibition. The two art galleries “The Main” and “The Octagon” have changing exhibitions, about 20 a year, often involving local artists and students. In the souvenir shop in the “Main Gallery” is a fine selection of pottery and baskets. If you are lucky, you might catch the annual basket exhibition with beautiful baskets from all over Botswana.
Although small, at just under 600 hectares, the Gaborone Game Reserve is one of the busiest reserves in Botswana. Visitors can expect to see impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, zebra, oryx and eland. There are no dangerous predators in the reserve other than raptors and you might be lucky and see the two rhinoceros that live in the park. The park teems with different species of birds in their natural habitat. Protected and endangered bird species breed in the dams of the reserve. In connection with the reserve is a visiting education centre, a couple of picnic sites and a game hide.
Surrounded by tall hills is Gaborone Dam where you can go sailing, windsurfing and fishing. Drinks and snacks can be bought at the open-air bar by the Yacht Club. At the dam you will also find picnic sites and a big playground for the kids.
Sightseeing in Francistown
Francistown is the oldest city in Botswana and is named after Daniel Francis, an English prospector and director of the Tati Concessions Company in the 1880′s. In 1867 gold was found in the area, this prompted a local gold rush, but the miners were never really successful. When the Mafikeng-Bulawayo railway arrived in 1897 the city became a camp site, a depot and a railway station. The city quickly expanded. After the country became independent on 30 September 1966, Francistown became ground-breaking within the textile and leather goods industry and the chemical industry.
Francistown is still characterized by its history as a centre of transit and commerce. The city is an important stop for travelers who intend to visit the biggest national parks in Botswana. North of the city you will find Kasane and Chobe Game Reserve and southwards the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta. The country’s population figure is about 113000. The city has a museum and a handicraft shop where you can buy locally produced crafts and “Marothodi”, hand printed clothing. In Francistown you will find exquisite hotels such as “The Marang” and “The Cresta Thapama”.
Mahalapye and Palapye
30000 people inhabit these two regional towns. Mahalapye is one the edge of the Kalahari Desert, so the rivers only run during the rainy season. Both have a busstation, railway station, hotels and local markets with several shops and restaurants. An international airport is projected in Palapye which is the fastest growing town in Botswana.
The construction of the second University of Botswana was commenced in Palapye in 2009. Tswapong Hills, not far from Palapye, has great historical significance. In the hills you will find Moremi Gorge; a beautiful natural reserve with permanent waterfalls. Join us on a trip to local townships and enjoy the local nature.
Kruger National Park
Join us on our most popular safari to South Africa’s biggest national park, the Kruger National Park. The park, which is the size of Israel, teems with wildlife such as lions, rhinos, leopards and 13000 elephants. On the two-day trip, we will be driving around the southern part of the park. As it is a half-board trip, it will be possible to buy lunch at one of the many cafés in the park. All the cafés are beautifully located; the Lower Sabie Restaurant is nestled on the banks of the Sabie River and has an elevated view of the many hippopotamuses watering in the midday sun.
The safari lodge is located just outside the Kruger National Park; the five en suite huts are all air-conditioned. Furthermore, the lodge has kitchen facilities and a swimming pool. Ten minutes from the safari lodge is Marloth Park, this private park is perfect for evening safaris. The safari lodge is also not far from a stunning viewpoint of one of the big rivers in the Kruger Park. This is a beautiful place to watch the sunset and enjoy an aperitif before dinner.
With over 20 years of experience in the Kruger Park, Lourens Aucamp, will be guiding us through the history of the park and the many sights. Wake up to roaring lions and enjoy this beautiful national park with us.
Lotsane Safari also offers trips to beautiful Victoria Falls. On a five day trip you spend the night in Nata and Kasane. Game drives and river cruises can be arranged in Kasane, where hippopotamuses, crocodiles and elephants crowd around the water. Wild lions, leopards and cheetahs roam the area. In Nata, a stopover halfway on the trip, the elephants come to drink from the pool at night.
The trip is certainly one of the most beautiful routes through Botswana. It is stunning to watch the landscape change along the way.
Pilansberg and Sun City
Lotsane Safari also arranges excursions to the national park in Pilansberg, where the lunch break will be enjoyed in the luxurious surroundings in Sun City.
In the Pilansberg National Park the bush is very open. All the “Big Five” and roughly all antelopes live in the park. Because of the open bush it is possible to see great herds of animals and to take some fantastic pictures.
In Sun City you will find, among many other things, some of Africa’s best golf courses and a big casino. The area also has an artificial rainforest and a lagoon. The lagoon, with its beaches, waves, palms and flowers offers a wealth of water sport activities.
Mama Tau Lion Park
West of Lotsane Safari Lodge, deep in the heart of the Waterberg bushveld, is the lion park ‘Mama Tau’. Mama Tau is home to brown lions as well as the rare white lion. The reason for the unusual coloration is a recessive gene resulting in the white appearance. This is found in a very small number of captive lions. White lions are not a separate subspecies and they have never been common in the wild.
From the open safari vehicles it is possible to get close to the lions in their natural habitat. The drives, which are an ideal outing for families and small groups, will be accompanied by an experienced guide.
In connection with the Mama Tau trip it will be possible to go shopping in Ellisras. Here you will find many shops and souvenirs. Ellisras is a natural stopover on the way to Mama Tau, and is therefore an ideal place to take a lunch-break.
Chobe National Park
Chobe National Park, which is the first national park in Botswana, was founded in the sixties. At those days the nature in Botswana was marked by the many lumberjacks and hunters and a need for preventing further damage existed. The park covers 11,700km² and is the third largest protected area in Botswana.
It is one of the most diverse areas in Botswana as far as terrain and species. Chobe is one of the places in Africa where you get the most spectacular elephant safaris. Take a cruise down the Chobe River and get close to some of the many elephants in the parks. However, there are many other animals in Chobe, such as buffalos, lions and hippopotamuses. The best time to visit the park is during winter; from May to October. In winter, the chance of spotting animals quenching their thirst at the waterholes and the rivers is greater.
Vaalwater and Rhinoceros
Vaalwater is a small town known for its many souvenir shops and stalls. Here is a host of options if you are looking for presents and souvenirs for family and friends.
The rhino museum is devoted to the conservation on the rhinoceros and has a successful black rhino breeding programme. At the museum it is possible feed tame rhinoceros.
Paradise on earth, the jewel of Kalahari, an oasis – these are some of the many descriptions of Okavango Delta. The fact is that Okavango is all this and much more; this is why wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world have always been drawn to this place. Okavango is an inland delta and covers 16000 km².
The water in the delta is unusually pure due to the lack of agriculture along the Okavango River. It is best to visit the park from May to August, as it does not rain during the day and the temperature is pleasant.
The wildlife in Okavango is spectacular; great elephant and buffalo herds can be seen here, as well as all of the big felines. The area is also home to the rare sitatunga, also known as the marshbuck. The sitatunga has long and thin hooves, which makes it able to walk on floating vegetation. This antelope exists exclusively in swampy areas.
Golf in Ellisras
Another opportunity is to play golf in Ellisras, not far from Lotsane. South Africa has a proud golf tradition which originates from the early English settlements at Cape Horn.
Mogol golf course is well known for its monstrously big Marula trees (better known as sky bunkers), the golf course is considered to be one of the country’s best winter courses and forms part of the Mogol Sports Club which also caters for many other sports such as tennis and swimming. Caddie, golf cart and golf equipment can be rented cheaply.
Try a trip up the amazing Limpopo River. The cruise is an opportunity to go fishing and to see a neighbouring farm where they produce tomatos, peppers, oranges and tobacco among other things.
We will have dinner on the boat and see the gorgeous sunset.
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If you want to go for a drive around Lotsane Safaris’ farm on your own, it is possible to rent our ATV.
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Picnic trip to Solomon’s Wall
Of all the strange geological features in Botswana, Solomon’s Wall is one of the most remarkable. Solomon’s Wall is a steep-sided basalt dyke which once formed a natural dam across the Motloutse River.
The 30 meter high and 10 meter wide dyke is a striking sight. The dried-up river bed at the bottom of Solomon’s Wall is also a favored spot to the many wild elephants and baboons in the area. We will bring refreshments so we can have a picnic at the dyke. The trip to and from Solomon’s Wall is an experience in itself as we drive through natural resorts with wild rhinoceroses, giraffes and elephants.
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